A very special and lasting attachment
The Sea Breezes team is proud to be ushering this famous old shipping magazine into its centenary year in 2019. My own connection with Sea Breezes goes way back to 1958 when I won a £500 scholarship from Alfred Holt & Co (Blue Funnel Line) to enable me to attend Gordonstoun School, Morayshire, Scotland. It was agreed that if I decided to make my career at sea at the end of my time at Gordonstoun, it would be with Blue Funnel. This is, in fact, what happened as I joined Blue Funnel as a midshipman in September 1960 and remained with them until I gained my Master’s FG in 1970, and joined Sealink in 1971.
It was in 1958 that I first read Sea Breezes – a very different magazine then and of course a different (smaller) size. Somehow, in its articles and photographs, it brought a marvellous sense of the still redolent atmosphere of sailing ships and the men who manned them. From 1960-2007, I made my career in the shipping and port industries, but on my retiral in 2007, my old friend and colleague, Captain Andrew Douglas (then editor of Sea Breezes) approached me to see if I might be interested in acquiring the magazine Sea Breezes from its then owners. The tug of this wonderful international shipping magazine, for me, was strong and the deal was done in 2008.
Sadly, Andrew died in January 2010 and I took over the role of Editor – a real privilege! The team’s first objective was to develop and grow the magazine to ensure that we reached our centenary in 2019 in good shape. In a tough publishing world and with the support of our subscribers and other readers, we hope to continue providing a magazine that appeals to all our readers and is still relevant in today’s changed world of shipping.
As we enter our centenary year in 2019, the Sea Breezes team thank you for your marvellous support from around the world and look forward to that continuing in the new year – may it be a healthy, happy and prosperous one for you all.
HAMISH ROSS, EDITOR